Can you believe it – it’s mid-August already! We hope you’ve been making the most of this unusual summer & we hope our weekend roundups, #StaycationSummer podcast posts, and all our seasonal & special round ups & info are helping you & your family get out & explore your community. There’s lots on the go, both in person and online, this weekend, so let’s get to it!
Annual festivals are an incredibly important aspect of community life, and we’re thrilled to see so many local events being able to shift to a mix of smaller and virtual events to keep those bonds strong. (Many of these annual events are also significant fundraisers for our communities and local organizations, so please take time to support them as you are able and comfortable to do so.)
Have you checked out our #sponsored Guide to the Rising Tide Festival this year? What a fantastic annual event showcasing both the natural beauty and the artistic talents of the Fundy Region. All events this year are free & socially distanced, with some happening online, too! Check out the great shows streaming from Fundy National Park on Saturday and Sunday, and check out Art at the Farm & Hodge Podge with our pal Tosh Taylor on Sunday. (Reserve your free ticket here.) Follow Rising Tide Festival on Facebook for updates!
Salisbury Community Days is embracing 2020 and taking a look back at festival themes of the past. Residents are encouraged to decorate their homes instead of floats, enjoy the take-out lobster roll supper on Friday & drive-thru pancake breakfast on Saturday, challenge themselves with a scavenger hunt, and more. There will also be a village-wide yard sale on Saturday, a free swim at the Lions pool, a virtual and reverse parade on Saturday, and even a cooking challenge! Full details on the village’s website.
And speaking of Salisbury festivals, catch a sneak peek of some early blooms ahead of the Sunflower festival this weekend! Admission to the grounds is $10 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. You might also want to save time to visit the corn maze (the kid mazes are amazing for littles!) and the new bistro, all at the Green Pig Market near the Salisbury Big Stop.
For its 9th season, all Acadie Rock shows are free and online! Check out their Facebook page for details on virtual shows happening through to Tuesday, and be sure to catch Acadie Road: Un road trip musical et poétique on Saturday, August 15. This program features more than 60 artists performing throughout nine Acadian communities, spanning New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, and Louisiana. It will be shown on Radio-Canada Télé and available online at tou.tv
Saturday is Quinze-Août & while the gatherings might not be as large as other years, the spirit will not be smaller!! (If you’re new to New Brunswick, you might not know yet that August 15 is National Acadian Day, an important date of reflection and celebration.) There are a number of virtual events happening around the country, including:
The LONGEST Tintammare is happening this year! Decorate your vehicle and join the parade, leaving from 191 Main Street in Shediac at 5:55pm and travelling through Grand-Barachois to end at Aboiteau Beach in Cap-Pelé.
Dieppe will host a Facebook live event starting at 3:30pm, with Caroline Savoie performing, official remarks, and ending with a performance by Menoncle Jason. Acadian Day 2020, let’s celebrate in Dieppe!
Shediac is offering a Virtual Acadian Day Celebration, including a children’s performance on the Town’s Facebook page with the wonderful Art Richard at 10am.
Moncton will mark the day with a celebration at the new Gérald-Leblanc Park, beside City Hall. You can also pop into Resurgo Place to pick up a DIY craft kit & a festive pin to help you celebrate, too!
AT THE MOVIES
The Hub City Drive-in, located at Solomon Gardens on the Salisbury Road, is showing The Peanut Butter Falcon on Friday and Robocop on Saturday.
The Sussex Drive-In’s double bill this weekend is Ugly Dolls and Unhinged.
Shediac’s Neptune Drive In is showing The SpongeBob Movie and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Cineplex in Dieppe is reopen with new movies now showing, including the new SpongeBob movie our kids are itching to go see!
SPLASHING & SWIMMING
The newly refurbished Lion Ken Gabbey Pool in Riverview is open, as is Moncton’s East End pool and the pool at Centennial Park. You can also swim outdoors at the Salisbury Lions Pool & Petitcodiac‘s community pool. Hillsborough has a heated outdoor public swimming pool, too!
Visit our Playground Profiles page for dozens of posts highlighting playgrounds and splash pads around the Greater Moncton area; we provide photos of all the equipment, details on things like parking, and more. (Pro Tip: You can use the drop down menu to search just Riverview, Moncton, or Dieppe playgrounds we’ve visited; there are nearly 100 playgrounds on our master list we want to profile, so keep checking back for new additions!)
Our cover photo this weekend comes from Riverview’s Bridgedale Playgound – check it out!
INDOOR FUN IN THE MONCTON AREA
Room Escape is open at their new location – and there are two rooms, Clue and Toy Story themes, that your family might love! Available in both French and English; and watch for a non-violent Fortnite theme room coming too!
Resurgo Place is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am-4pm. They have lots of on-site self-directed activities, DIY craft kits, science demonstrations (riding on the hovercraft is something to experience!), and more. And coming up on August 18-22, staff from Resurgo Place will be near Moncton’s Treitz Haus as the Tidal Bore changes the Petitcodiac River – a must see experience that is sure to be enhanced by the knowledgeable staff!
Moncton’s historic Thomas Williams House is open Tuesdays through Saturdays until late August. The tea room offers three sittings each day; reservations are recommended.
Flex your creativity at DIY Studio.
Riverview’s Indoor Skate Park is open; book online in advance.
FitRocks Moncton is also open, with kid-friendly walls to climb.
Mystery Moncton Mystere is open, with a new room, too! (Recommended for older kids, ages 14+)
Hop! Skip! Jump! is open with discounts, two set times to play (10am-2pm, 3-7pm), 30% capacity, extra cleaning, and more safety measures in place.
OUTDOOR FUN DESTINATIONS
Magic Mountain, including the FunZone, is open for the season; book online before you head out.
The Go Karts and batting cages are open at The Boardwalk (Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-9pm) and the driving range is open seven days a week.
The track is also operating at East Coast Karting; reach out to them if you’re interested in your child learning to drive.
NEAT OUTDOOR FAMILY ADVENTURE IDEAS
Ride the Tide is a fantastically fun way to explore the Petitcodiac River – a guided bike tour that begins at La Bikery and includes a stop at Riverview’s Holy Whale Beer Garden. There’s a ride Friday night (now sold out – but you could always ask about cancellations!) and again next Friday. Don’t miss out!
You can always take the family on a tour of the amazing murals and other public art around the GMA with this map.
Poley Mountain isn’t just for skiing and snowboarding; check them out Saturdays for a mountain biking experience!
You can take your family on a beach treasure hunt – with a made-in-NB app! There are maps for Parlee Beach, Murray Beach, and New River Beach. Free to download, easy to follow, takes about 30 minutes or so to complete the tasks and learn about the local environment.
Maybe you’d like to walk some llamas along the beach? You can do that! Llama-zing Adventures has turned out to be the hit of the summer. Their schedule is pretty booked up, but they sometimes announce cancellations on their Facebook page!
Looking to go a little further and add some history learning to the adventure? Why not plan a visit to Carlingford (near Perth-Andover) to travel the Tomlinson Lake Hike to Freedom. Called ‘North America’s Northernmost Route of the Underground Railroad,’ this trail is open to hikers, with visible markings and interpretive storyboards, a squatters cabin, and a Black Loyalist pithouse. Enjoy a visit now and return again in the fall when the leaves are at their peak! The hike is between 2.5 and 3km each way, but relatively easy terrain. You can read a great review of the hike details here; for info on the organization that maintains the trail and more about its history, follow their Facebook page.
MORE FUN IDEAS
Shediac is celebrating MY favourite food – lobster! – with eateries throughout the town featuring amazing lobster roll creations this month. Be sure to check it out & tell me your favourites!!
Did you know that NatureNB is giving out 1,000 packages of milkweed seeds to support the Monarch Butterfly population? You can order some for free here! Ours are on their way; the kids are going to be so excited!
The Fredericton Library has an at-home escape room available online – all about dinosaurs!
Our Guide to Blueberry U-picks in the Greater Moncton Area can help you find a great place to enjoy some berries (might we also suggest the drive to Pennfield for MacKay’s blueberry amazingness?! We made our first stop last week and can’t wait to get back!) and our Guide to Hard Ice Cream Spots in the GMA is always a great resource. (We might need to add a few more road trip suggestions to this one, too – we tried Mercury Ice Cream by Lilac Inn on Deer Island, McGuire Chocolates in St. Andrew’s and Bella’s Traditional Ice Cream in Saint John in the past two weeks and they were all outstanding! We’ll work on some day trip itinerary posts based around these stops soon, too!)
Another great event we want you to know about: our friends at Sex Ed East are hosting another session for parents looking for guidance on talking with kids ages nine to 15 about sex. This is a 90-minute Zoom class that covers six main topics: getting comfortable with your values, talking to your kids about feelings, sex ed basics, online literacy, and providing a safe space for all kids. Register for your spot online.
Hillsborough & area offers the New Brunswick Railway Museum, the Steeves House Museum (open Wednesdays through Sundays), the Albert County Museum and the Hopewell Rocks (where the annual sandpiper visitation is underway!). You might even want to book an experience kayaking around the rocks! Make it an overnight with a stay at Broadleaf Ranch, where you can book their glamping units and outdoor adventures, such as horseback trail riding! Don’t forget to pop by the local shops and eateries, including checking out the Foods of the Fundy Valley for goodies like fresh, local strawberries. Don’t forget a stop for ice cream at the Artisan’s Village, next to the fenced-in playground and on the road to the old Gypsum wharf walking trail.
Shediac is a great place to spend a day or more. Check out Bistro Le Moque-Tortue in Shediac; a lovely spot with board games, escape rooms, and more fun for all ages, plus one of the most colourful outdoor dining areas you’ll find around! You can also check out Pascal Poirier Park in the Village (it has a splash pad), and a visit to the Big Lobster is always a summer must. The playground there is a favourite among our little Pickles. (We hear an ice cream at nearby Rosie’s Ice Cream – open 1-9pm – is another Shediac must!) Shediac Paddle Shack is offering a Family Night specials on Saturdays; children 12 and under can have their rental 50% off when renting with their adult. (Book in advance.)
We also love grabbing a candy treat and adopting baby lobsters while visiting the Pointe-du-Chene wharf. The Écocentre Homarus Eco-Centre is a fantastic little spot to learn about the life cycle of a lobster and to see rare blue and albino lobsters in their tank. You can even touch a lobster if you wish!
Alrighty folks, that’s all for this weekend – and for the rest of this summer. We need a little break over here at Pickle Planet HQ from the weekend round ups, but trust us, it’s so we can work on some other fun projects to share with you!
Thanks to everyone who continues to follow along, to share and to support us. We told you at the start of the pandemic we’d be trying to make sure we weren’t just contributing to the digital noise of the internet, and that remains a focus. There are government and larger media sources that are keeping folks informed, there are importance voices from our diverse community that speak to issues from a viewpoint we can’t, and there are the mental health needs of our family to consider. It’s time for a breather, but we’ll back!